Hospital Bar Rapid: Class IIIAugust 24th, 2012 cameron
So here’s how the rapid works. After a calm pond the pace of the current picks up steadily as the the river takes a sweeping left bend. Waiting at the bottom, sitting just off the right bank, is a big curling wave. By the time you hit the curler you’ve picked up a fair amount of speed, and then the raft takes a sudden dip and goes crashing through the wave. A wall of water blankets the raft. Then you pull a right turn as the river takes a sharp right bend, and you coast by the parking garage (or catchers mitt), a rock that’s looking to catch a hold of your raft.
Hotshot Imaging and Whitewater Photos Online take your picture as you go through the rapid. There are always a few shots of your raft disappearing beneath the crash of whitewater followed by a few shots of shocked, ecstatic, smiling faces. Both companies have shops in town where you can check out your photos (they don’t post South Fork photos online).